ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – An armed man was in critical condition after being shot and wounded by Anaheim police officers Friday morning.
The shooting occurred at around 7:15 a.m. in the 100 block of South Seneca Circle.
According to Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt, officers had responded to a separate incident at a nearby Carl’s Jr., when they recognized the suspect from a previous incident the evening before.
They approached him, but he refused to cooperate, Wyatt said. The officers then followed him about a quarter-mile to the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex, where the shooting occurred.
“I heard him crying for help, and the cops demanding for him to go to the ground, but I guess he didn’t cooperate, because of the actions that were taking place,” one witness told reporters.
The suspect was rushed to a hospital with unknown injuries, police said. No officers were hurt.
The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene. It was unclear what kind of weapon the suspect was carrying or if he opened fire on the officers. There was also no word on how many officers discharged their weapons.
“The suspect was struck by that gunfire,” Wyatt said. I do not know whether the suspect discharged a firearm at this point or not. I’m told that a weapon is at the scene. I don’t know what type of weapon that is at this point. That is all part of the investigation.”
The officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, Wyatt said.
Citron Street between Lincoln Avenue and Broadway was closed while the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Anaheim police Major Incident Review Team (MIRT) and the O.C. Office of Independent Review investigated the scene.
Police did not elaborate on the details of the previous incident which the suspect had been linked to.